Corn Maiden FigureGordon Foley
Gordon is related to many other noted potters: his mother, Laura Gachupin, late grandmother, Marie G. Romero, aunt, Maxine Toya, and cousins Camilla and Dominique Toya.
This charming Corn Maiden is made of hand-gathered, -mixed, -coiled, -shaped, -decorated and -stone polished, and fired in the ground.
The panels of the corn leaves alternate between stone-polished and micaceous slips. The mica flakes glitter.
The black hair and and details are paint from wild spinach leaves, while the corn kernels are individually formed and set.
Beige is the natural color of the base clay, the red is a natural slip.
Corn Maidens are a strong symbol, because corn is the Native staff of life, in the southwest.
Chanting a prayer for an abundant harvest, she symbolizes very good luck.
Like all good sculptures, she is lovely from every angle.
A very pretty face and form, and a profound spiritual meaning, too, all in one appealing figure.